The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, the United Nations (UN) reports. With the growth of people worldwide comes added pressures for food supply, security and the systems managing the supply chain behind them. “It’s clear our current food systems are unsustainable,” ​James Petrie, CEO of Australian food tech company Nourish Ingredients, told FoodNavigator. Research data indicates that 77% of agricultural land is used to grow animals despite providing only 18% of calories and 37% of […]

I am biting into a drumstick that took three years to make. It is a piece of plant-based protein, fashioned into the likeness of a chicken leg, complete with a faux bone (edible), and glazed with something wet and brown. The bone is brittle and strangely sweet, the flesh a little chewy and rubbery. But the glaze has an unmistakably creamy, mouth-coating texture, just like chicken fat. It is remarkably familiar. Boringly predictable. It tastes, as they say, like chicken. […]

LONDON — Hoxton Farms, a company that produces animal-free cultivated fat, has opened a pilot plant in London. The new facility is 14,000 square feet and features cell culturing laboratories, a food development kitchen and office space. “It’s no secret that the traditional meat industry is broken, but consumers are disappointed when they seek quality alternatives,” said Max Jamilly, co-founder of Hoxton Farms. “But as people turn away from meat because of concerns over health, environmental impact, or animal welfare, […]

Together the duo are creating a “one-stop shop or scaling up fermentation production,” which has been notoriously limited, with the ultimate goal of making plant proteins more “authentic” and appealing to consumers, company co-founder and CEO James Petrie told FoodNavigator-USA. By improving the consumer experience of plant-based protein with the addition of flavorful specialty fats, Petrie says Nourish can help the category overcome the current “backlash” of consumers who are eager to try their products but ultimately are unsatisfied with […]

Consumer research shows that taste and texture are the most important factors in the decision to buy – or not – plant-based meat, but more often than not the products currently on the market fall short of expectations. According to research by Ingredion, 53% of consumers said taste and texture are the most important characteristic ​when selecting a plant-based meat – far higher than the 39% you listed as a top priority whether products have a clean or all natural […]

Dive Brief: Cell-based meat company Vow is partnering with Nourish Ingredients, a company that makes animal fats through precision fermentation. The two Australian companies will blend their products together, adding fats to cell-based meat so the end product more accurately reflects the taste and mouthfeel of meat from an animal. Vow co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Tim Noakesmith said in a written statement that fat is “part of what makes meat irresistible,” and it has been missing from many alternative proteins. “We’re […]